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pessimistic

[ pes-uh-mis-tik ]
/ ˌpɛs əˈmɪs tɪk /
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adjective
pertaining to or characterized by pessimism or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes; gloomy; joyless; unhopeful: His pessimistic outlook kept him from applying for jobs for which he was perfectly qualified.
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Origin of pessimistic

First recorded in 1865–70; pessimist + -ic

synonym study for pessimistic

See cynical.

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